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Comets show improvement, fall to Tunstall in straight sets

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Top, Trinity Martin gets under the ball as Sarah Watts looks on. Middle, Bailey Bowen reaches back for the return. Above, Madison Barnes keeps the ball in play. (David Conner II photos) / March 25, 2021

The Halifax County High School varsity volleyball team again saw a lot of improvement in their Tuesday night match despite losing to Tunstall 3-0.

Set scores were 25-12, 25-9, and 25-26. The Comets are now 1-4.

Coach Sunshine Martin said Tunstall is a sound program with travel team players on the squad. Even with that she sees the steady progress with her girls.

“Tunstall is a very good hitting team,” Martin said. “We again made the goal to be better than last match with them. We are still improving.”

Martin said the defense at the net play was better in this match.

Halifax’s Kirsten Wellons, Trinity Martin and Madison Barnes combined for five blocks on the night.

“Our hitters covered the blocks better and we did a good job of getting hits in,” Martin said. “We had several long rallies against them so we were definitely moving better on defense.”

The Comets had 16 kills. Barnes and Sarah Watts teamed up for 13 assists, the most since the GW win.

The volleys were the result of just hard court play, Kylie Satterfield’s eight digs led the Comets. Arissa Conner, Bailey Bowen, Amanda Duffer, and Tessy Henderson contributed to the Comets’ efforts.

One area of the game Martin wants to see more consistency in is gaining points off aces and keeping the serve in play. “Our serves were not as good as they needed to be tonight,” Martin said.

The Comets hosted GW last night.

Magna Vista comes to Comet gym Monday, March 29, with the jayvees starting at 5:30 p.m.

Individual statistics:

Bailey Bowen 2DG, 1K; Amanda Duffer 2DG, Kirsten Wellons 4DG, 2B, 4K; Trinity Martin 6DG, 4K, 2B; Sarah Watts 2K, 5A; Arissa Conner 2DG, Madison Barnes 1DG, 2K, 1B, 8A; Kylie Satterfield 8DG, 2K; Tessy Henderson 1K.

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